This unique $7M Dakota penthouse has an octagonal cupola and floating glass staircase
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This unique $7M Dakota penthouse has an octagonal cupola and floating glass staircase

November 18, 2021

Photo credit: Andrew Frasz for Sotheby’s International Realty

This duplex penthouse in the historic Dakota at 1 West 72nd Street on the Upper West Side is architecturally unique and visually stunning. From the octagonal cupola on the main floor that conceals a media room to the glass staircase, window-walled upper-level sunroom, and 500-square-foot terrace, the $6,950,000 co-op is well beyond the ordinary. There’s even a private basement studio included, complete with a photo studio and darkroom.

Within the iconic walls of the 1884 building, this two-floor penthouse is a study in contemporary architecture. After entering via a traditional private vestibule with stained-glass artisanal doors, you’ll find a sun-filled space framed by 25-foot ceilings, walls of glass, and a floating glass staircase.

A great room nearly 50 feet in length features an open glass ceiling. A wood-burning fireplace and warm oak floors complement the open spaces. The highlight of this space is a jewel box media room situated in an octagonal cupola.  Also on this floor is a wood-paneled office space with a private entrance.

A sleek eat-in kitchen offers a washer/dryer. The home features a two-zone central AC system, new windows, and electronic shades.

Up the glass staircase, the apartment’s top floor has ceilings over 15 feet. The two light-filled bedrooms are separated by a skylit catwalk. The space hosts an ensuite bath, custom closets, and bookshelves.

The terrace has been virtually staged

The second bedroom/study has a sloping wall of floor-to-ceiling steel-framed windows that overlook the terrace. This 500-square -foot outdoor space offers classic views of the Dakota’s rooftops and beyond.

The apartment comes with a separate 497-square-foot windowed basement unit with 13-foot ceilings, a central air system, and plumbing. It is currently being used as a private photo studio and darkroom with two large sinks.

The Dakota is the embodiment of classic Manhattan luxury living, with its iconic iron gates and rare Porte Cochere and central courtyard. Building amenities include a doorman, a fitness center, and concierge services.

[Listing details: 1 West 72 Street PHC at CityRealty]

[At Sotheby’s International Realty by Lois Nasser]


Photo credit: Andrew Frasz for Sotheby’s International Realty

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